Tahiti’s Self-Testing Protocol

 In French Polynesia, Travel News, Traveling in 2020

The islands of Tahiti are some of the most spectacular sailing destinations in the world. It turns out Tahiti is unique in its Covid response as well. According to the High Commission of the French Republic in French Polynesia, the conditions of entry include a “self-test” four days after arrival into the island nation. In addition, proof of a negative Covid-19 test carried out within three days prior to departure and a health registration form will be required as well.

The self test is given to you upon arrival in Papeete and you hand it in four days later to one of many clinics available on each island. It’s an easy to follow 5 minute test. Drop off is a 5 minute walk from the marina!
It’s very well organized and has created an isolated non-Covid environment here.


Large cruise ships continue to present safety concerns to travelers worldwide. Thanks to French Polynesia’s rigorous safety protocols, a self-test was able to identify a traveler who tested positive while aboard a Paul Gaugin cruise liner. French Polynesian authorities have acted quickly and efficiently in their containment of the passengers that may have been affected according to The Maritime Executive.

[Related: Take a look at our Comparison Guide: Cruise Ships vs. Crewed Charters.]


We’re excited that French Polynesia has implemented such an effective strategy to ensure the safety of its residents as well as all of us who love to charter there. (Again- be sure to see some of Dan’s photos from his current sailing adventure in Tahiti).

Please contact Jenny about the discounted charters available in French Polynesia.


[Related: Check out photos our friend Dan just sent us from his trip in Tahiti. He’s there now thru August and having an incredible time.]


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